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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on NATO Final Warning on Kosovo
Washington, DC, January 30, 1999
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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I strongly support NATO's decision today to authorize air strikes if Belgrade does not comply with the demands of the international community. Our strategy of diplomacy backed by the threat of force is the only way to ensure that both sides halt the violence and come immediately to the negotiating table.

The people of Kosovo and indeed of the FRY as a whole now have a window of opportunity -- if only their leaders will seize this opportunity. The choice is truly up to the leadership on both sides, especially the authorities in Belgrade. Either they cease fighting and agree upon a peaceful interim settlement, or they will face the consequences NATO has spelled out today.

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